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Understanding Call Numbers



Dewey Decimal Classification

- Primary Classes and Subclasses -
The Dewey Decimal Classification copyrights are owned by OCLC

PRIMARY CLASS: 000 | 100 | 200 | 300 | 400 | 500 | 600 | 700 | 800 | 900 |

-000- GENERALITIES
000Generalities
010Bibliography
020Library & information sciences
030General encyclopedic works
040(Unassigned)
050General serial publications & their indexes
060General organizations & museology
070News media, journalism, publishing
080General collections
090Manuscripts & rare books

-100- PHILOSOPHY & PSYCHOLOGY
100Philosophy & Psychology
110Metaphysics
120Epistemology, causation, humankind
130Paranormal phenomena
140Specific philosophical schools
150Psychology
160Logic
170Ethics (Moral philosophy)
180Ancient, medieval, Oriental philosophy
190Modern Western philosophy

-200- RELIGION
200Religion
210Natural theology
220Bible
230Christian theology
240Christian moral & devotional theology
250Christian orders & local church
260Christian social theology
270Christian church history
280Christian denominations & sects
290Other & comparative religions

-300- SOCIAL SCIENCES
300Social sciences
310General statistics
320Political science
330Economics
340Law
350Public administration
360Social services; association
370Education
380Commerce, communication, transport
390Customs, etiquette, folklore

-400- LANGUAGE
400Language
410Linguistics
420English & Old English
430Germanic languages...German
440Romance languages...French
450Italian, Romanism, Rhaeto-Romanic
460Spanish & Portuguese languages
470Italic languages...Latin
480Hellenic languages...Classical Greek
490Other languages

-500- NATURAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS
500Natural sciences & Mathematics
510Mathematics
520Astronomy & allied sciences
530Physics
540Chemistry & allied sciences
550Earth sciences
560Paleontology...Paleozoology
570Life sciences
580Botanical sciences
590Zoological sciences

-600- TECHNOLOGY (applied sciences)
600Technology
610Medical sciences...medicine
620Engineering & allied operations
630Agriculture
640Home economics & family living
650Management & auxiliary services
660Chemical engineering
670Manufacturing
680Manufacture for specific uses
690Buildings

-700- The Arts
700The arts
710Civic & landscape art
720Architecture
730Plastic arts...Sculpture
740Drawing & decorative arts
750Painting & paintings
760Graphic arts...Print making & prints
770Photography & photographs
780Music
790Recreational & performing arts

-800- LITERATURE & RHETORIC
800Literature & Rhetoric
810American literature in English
820English & Old English literatures
830Literatures of Germanic languages
840Literatures of Romance languages
850Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic
860Spanish & Portuguese literatures
870Italic literatures...Latin
880Hellenic literatures...Classical Greek
890Literatures of other languages

-900- GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
900Geography & History
910Geography & travel
920Biography, genealogy, insignia
930History of ancient world
940General history of Europe
950General history of Asia...Far East
960General history of Africa
970General history of North America
980General history of South America
990General history of other areas

For a more detailed classification list see the summaries tables from the Dewey Decimal Classification system web site: http://www.oclc.org/dewey/about/thousands.htm

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